- Microsoft has outlined some of the specifications and features of the Xbox Series X
- Along with 12 teraflops of GPU, there's also a Quick Resume feature to allow faster switching between games
- A Smart Delivery feature means you only buy a game once across Xbox platforms
After revealing the console back in December last year, Microsoft has revealed some specifications for their Xbox Series X console.
In a blog post on their official website, Microsoft outlined their vision and power lurking under the Xbox Series X hood, which is described as having a "superior balance of power and speed in console design".
So what's in the box? Microsoft claims the Xbox Series X has four times the processing power of an Xbox One - offering developers 12 Teraflops GPU performance (graphics processing unit) for higher framerates and more expansive worlds.
Variable Rate Shading (VRS) also promises more stable framerates and higher resolution, while Hardware Accelerated DirectX Raytracing touts more dynamic and realistic environments. The machine will support 120 fps too, double the standard 60 fps output of current-gen.
Microsoft have detailed some of the specs for the Xbox Series X (Picture: Microsoft)
Microsoft also believe the next-generation will be "defined by more playing and less waiting" - with SSD storage, a new Quick Resume feature, and Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) promising players faster speeds and easier access between games.
With backwards compatability and Xbox Game Pass, the company also states past titles will look improved on the Xbox Series X. A new Smart Delivery feature also allows players to buy one version of the game across all platforms, so you can buy a copy of Halo Infinite on Xbox One X and have it available on Xbox Series X too.
Following the announcement, developer CD Projekt Red confirmed if players buy Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One they'll have free access to an Xbox Series X upgrade - with it unclear whether Sony's PlayStation 5 will offer the same.
Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades. Owners of #Cyberpunk2077 for Xbox One will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when available. https://t.co/nfkfFLj85w— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) February 24, 2020
Microsoft round off the post by stating to expect more news in the coming months, with a presentation at E3 2020 expected to be the next major news drop of information.
The new specs and features themselves aren't entirely surprising, seemingly confirming the next-generation won't be the major jump in graphical prowess we usually expect but a performance booster aimed at making gaming experiences smoother and faster.
While there'll undoubtedly be more features to come for the Xbox Series X, it's certainly a clearer picture of the next-generation. Now we just have to wait for Sony to make their move with the PlayStation 5.
Xbox Series X is set to be released holiday 2020.